Philadelphia is one of those cities that doesn’t seem to get much respect, especially from New Yorkers. To be honest, I’m not sure why. I had the pleasure of spending a week there on business in 2017 and found Philly to be a beautiful, vibrant, and interesting city, with lots to see and do.
Of course, given the time available, I only saw a small part of the city. Both my hotel and my customer’s offices were downtown, within 3km of each other, albeit on opposite sides of City Hall.
This kept me in the heart of the business and tourist areas, to be sure.
In May 2017, I spent a few days in Philly on business. (Remember travel?) I had the good fortune to have a long distance to walk between my hotel and my customer’s offices every morning and eventing during this glorious spring week.
There’s a reason why I always travel with my “real” camera.
One of the advantages of business travel (if there are any) is the freedom to get out and shoot before and after work, when the light is as its best.
I was fortunate this past week in Philadelphia to have 3 mornings and afternoon of glorious light to play with on the 1.5km walk between my hotel and my customer’s offices. Sure beats sitting in traffic on a regular morning commute.
Philadelphia City Hall, completed in 1901, would not be out of place in Paris. Built in the Second Empire style, the 548′ (167m) structure was designed to be the tallest building in the world–a feat never achieved, since the Eiffel Tower was completed before the city hall was finished–although for a period it was the world’s tallest habitable building.
That little statue of William Penn you see at the top is actually 37′ (11.3m) tall and weighs 27 tons! Turns out that this is the largest statue atop any building in the world, even today.
There are a number of tall glass buildings to the west of city hall; in the morning, they reflect the rising sun spectacularly against the west side of the building which would otherwise remain obscured in the shadows.
Located at 1 Penn Square, which is actually the intersection of Market and Broad streets, the City Hall divides Philadelphia into North and South, East and West. Pedestrians can walk though portals on each side of the building to get to a courtyard in the centre, where musicians and buskers often play.